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Old 04-30-2009, 10:33 AM   #1097 (permalink)
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Regen Braking?

Has regenerative braking ever entered into our open source controller discussion yet?

My motorcycle uses a Permanent Magnet motor coupled directly (by chain) to the rear sprocket. It seems like a perfect setup for regenerative braking.

I never designed the cycle for regen originally because a controller that would handle it costs more, and I have heard poor comments about the most popular brand that supports it.

Also, I have no idea how one controls the regen braking - sensitivity, how to turn it on and off, etc.

Since we have so many smart electronics guys on here, would anyone care to address what it would take to add support for regeneration as a feature?

"It's too complicated, and adds a lot of expense" and "Dude, you are the only one using a Permanent Magnet Motor" are both acceptable responses.
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